Eagles on St. Vrain Creek put flood repairs on bridge on hold

Eagles delay flood repairs on bridge in Boulder County

Eagles delay flood repairs on bridge in Boulder County

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — This story isn’t about which comes first, the eagles or the eggs, but it is about how eagles making eggs come before fixing the bridge which was washed out during the September Floods.

“We were slated to begin fixing the road and putting in a new bridge as soon as weather allowed,” said Kristine Obendorf with Boulder Transportation.

“But state and federal regulations related to Bald Eagles prohibit any human encroachment within a ½ mile radius between October 15 through July 31, meaning we won’t be able to begin construction until August 1.”

While the Bald Eagle is no longer on the endangered list, it is still illegal to kill them.

As the symbol of our nation it is hoped no one ever will again.

Bald Eagles almost became extinct through hunting and pesticide use.  In 1963 there were just 417 of the birds in the nation. More than $574 million was spent on the eagles’ recovery through 2007, the year the numbers reached about 10,000 mating pairs in the Lower 48. They were then taken off the endangered list.

No names have been given the eagle pair now calling St. Vrain Creek home, but with any luck the crying of eaglets should begin to be heard sometime this summer. This nest has been used successfully for the past eight years by other eagle couples.

Once they get their ‘wings’ the eaglets will leave the nest and begin the circle of life all over again. When this all happens, bridge work will begin on County Line Road, just south of Colorado 119.